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2014

MORE LAWS, LESS SECURITY

AN ANALYSIS OF THE PROTECTION OF PAKISTAN ORDINANCE AND THE INVESTIGATION FOR FAIR TRIAL ACT The Investigation for Fair Trial Act, 2013 The Investigation for Fair Trial Act, 2013 was formally assented to by the President of Pakistan on 20th February, 2013 after its approval from the National Assembly and the Senate of Pakistan. The law is conceptually progressive as …

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CHANGING WINDS

Literacy level of all others ethnicities is also much higher than that of Pashtuns. Tajiks and Hazaras are known to support Iran. Coming Afghan leadership has a clear tilt towards India. India is already operating 13 consulates along Pak-Afghan Border. Wake up. Pull up your socks. Tighten the ropes. Secure your footholds. Join hands. It’s time to unite rather than …

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THE SILK ROAD – From Past to Future

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his visit to Kazakhstan in September 2013, called for joint development of an ‘Economic Belt’ along the Silk Road. The proposal has been enthusiastically received both at home and abroad. The ‘Belt’ initiative is the continuation and development of the spirit of the ancient Silk Road. Over 2,000 years ago, the industrious and brave people …

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The Hague Nuclear Security Summit and Pakistan’s Stance

The third Nuclear Security Summit was held on March 24-25, 2014, at The Hague, Netherlands, whereby 53 countries showed their commitment to effectively control illegal proliferation of nuclear and radioactive materials. This summit was in line with the previous two held in Washington DC (2010), and Seoul (2012) to safeguard the world against nuclear terrorism. Let’s analyse the objectives of …

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KUWAIT SUMMIT ARAB UNITY OR DISUNITY?

At the League of Arab States’ (LAS) 25th summit, leaders gathered in Kuwait to address perennial concerns, ranging from the lingering Palestinian-Israeli dispute, to the more recent Arab uprisings and the devastating civil war in Syria. Inasmuch as significant differences remained, the delegates had considered not issuing a final communiqu’, although cooler heads prevailed and one was duly read out …

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UKRAINE IMBROGLIO, RUSSIA IS IN CONTROL FOR NOW

Ukraine, the terra incognita, once made world headlines in 1986 under Soviet rule, when the Chernobyl nuclear disaster claimed scores of dead, and thousands more suffered the long-term effects of nuclear radiation. This time, following political turmoil and the subsequent invasion and annexation of Crimea by Russian forces, Ukraine’s media infamy is part of a much larger situation. Though independent …

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AFGHAN ELECTIONS – GREAT START WITH RISKS AHEAD

Afghanistan experienced yet another defining moment as millions of Afghans braved suicide attacks, roadside bombs, intimidations and even unexpected stormy weather conditions to take part in the presidential elections’ expected to produce the country’s first democratic and peaceful transfer of power. That is if, in spite of a possible run-off, the next steps in the electoral process will allow for …

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10 WAYS THE UKRAINE CRISIS MAY CHANGE THE WORLD

Contest for Central Asia Both Putin and the West are wooing Central Asian leaders in energy-rich Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. If Russia weakens economically, they will want at least a foot in the Western camp. Russia Diminished Russia’s role in international affairs is diminished, at least temporarily. Moscow has been de facto excluded from the Group of Eight industrialised …

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World Top 10 Stories

Groundbreaking Discovery, Bumpy Roads Ahead, Equality before Law, Lions Conquer the Cricket World, Parliament is Supreme, Sir!, Aftermath, Purely Irrational, Enter the New World, How Dare You Unite?, Tiny Nations Dreams Big, Asia Pivot Policy Groundbreaking Discovery On Mar 17, experts at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced detecting the waves of gravity that rippled through space right after the …

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Who Runs Our Foreign Policy

Foreign policy of a nation is always predicated on where you want to go as a sovereign and independent state. This is the basic determinant of a country’s foreign policy. In our case, at the time of our independence, like Alice in Wonderland, we did not know which way to go and this turned out to be the first dilemma …

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